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Cross-Game Chat Confirmed As A Plus-Exclusive Feature?

Update: It has been clarified that cross-game chat will NOT be a Plus-exclusive feature.  In fact, we're still not sure if it's coming; stay tuned for any official details.

Original Story:

Sony made some big announcements during their E3 press conference, but perhaps the advent of a long-awaited feature for the PlayStation 3 escaped detection during the unveiling of gigantic news.

Cross-game chat is something PS3 owners have been pining for and although we've heard plenty of rumors and pseudo-confirmations over the past few months, this is the best information we have to date. We don't yet have an exact date for the enabling of cross-game chat but it might be available when Sony releases firmware update 3.40 and their new PlayStation Plus subscription plan. Examiner.com noticed the feature in question pop up in a European explanation of Plus:

"Cross-game Voice Chat: invite your friends to chat online no matter what game you're all playing, even if they aren't members of PlayStation Plus."

Now, the downside is that it appears to be attached to Plus, so you'll have to either drop the $50 for the annual subscription or the $18 for a three-month subscription if you wish to take advantage. Of course, there are plenty of other reasons to subscribe to Plus, as Sony outlined plenty of appealing details; early demos, exclusive DLC, and in general, preferential Network treatment. And there ain't nothin' wrong with being a PSN VIP.

6/15/2010 8:50:37 PM John Shepard

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Comments (65 posts)

shadowpal2
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 9:38:12 PM
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OH WOW - then I would definitely get PLUS.

Once I get my PS3...(sigh!) - parents and education...=(

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Zemus101
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 9:38:36 PM
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I believe that's supposed to be "3-month" plan by the way.

Great news for me, I have a couple friends that would love to chat it up during more single player oriented games, GoW3, Fallout, Dead Space, etc.

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Dancemachine55
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 11:10:08 PM

If only my friends played their PS3's more than their 360's....

sigh....

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kraygen
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 11:32:40 PM

you need better friends. lol

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 9:39:49 PM
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You don't have to be a Plus member in order to use cross game chat. As long as you know someone that is a Plus member you're able to use the feature as long as they initiate the chat. I think it's a fair trade off.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 9:55:27 PM

That's what I got from that explanation.

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Alienange
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 9:42:29 PM
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I'm surprised Jack left that little detail out of his PSN Plus announcement. Would have been a crowd pleaser for sure.

Nice feature too, but not worth the money they're asking.

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InBlackestNight
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 9:47:05 PM
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Once again, why the big deal about this feature? It's called a cell phone people. If I need to talk to someone I'll call them.

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Alienange
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 10:06:02 PM

This is $50 a year. Cell phones are $50 a month.

Is that a good enough explanation?

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Mysterio Spyder
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 10:19:12 PM

I agree with alien, saying "use skype" or "use a cell phone" is an ignorent comment. Why use a seperate device when it can be all in one? PS3 "only does everything" right? X Chat is a bonus. Why bash a feature coming to psn? doesn't make sense. Is it because YOU don't have any use for it? Is it because YOU can't multi task? YOU can't play a game and just shoot the shxt? It's not that hard, not EVERYBODY is DER and gets zoned into their games.

I personally think 3D is stupid and a complete waste of time and money. I don't like wearing the plastic red and blue glasses we have now, I KNOW i won't wanna wear a pair of Ray Band look alikes that cost over $100. I don't know a single person who cares about 3D, or is gonna flock out and upgrade thier current setup. I welcome 3D because it's a PLUS to PS3 and there are people out there that are intrested in it just like there are people intrested in Cross Game Chat.

Side note, it should be called "PRIVATE CHAT" or "UNIVERSAL CHAT" as you should be able to do whatever while chatting instead of just being in different games or locked in a white room. "UNIVERSAL CHAT" and custom soundtracks are my most wanted features to come to psn. I see ANY feature coming to psn as a plus, not a negetive.

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Zapix
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 11:41:27 PM

Usually not one to chime in on PSXE anyone, but I do continue to visit the site...

On that note, I agree saying use a cell phone is just flatout dumb. it's hardly the point of gaming chat. For one, a cellphone may or may not have minute, reception, etc to deal with, and not exactly convenient to use while playing a game (unless you happened to have a headset connected). Even then, you're limited to a single person. If you are you simple as to bash party chat, then you shouldn't even be reading this news bit. You're looking for something to do and to be a pest. If that isn't the case, you either have no friends, or don't like chatting with groups of people.

That being said, to even put skype into the same idea as a cellphone is like comparing apples and oranges. Having played Final Fantasy XI for 5 years, there is practically no better chat system than skype (or vent if that's your preference). Not only is it free, but it means EVERYONE regardless of console can be a part of the chat party. Granted, this does mean you have to have a PC or PSP or other skype device on hand (which is not always possible), but it blows away any other option, including this pay for chat from Sony or the party chat on LIVE! (although LIVE! still offers private 1 to 1 person chat regardless of membership).

Glad to see Sony adding this; unfortuate to see it's not going to be a basic part of the PSN.

On that note, end of post.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 12:10:23 AM

I understand why people want croos game chat I do. But Personally its just not something to get worked up over to me.

If it comes with the plus subscription thats good enough for me. If not I've never complained about it before, why should I now!?

Anyways the cell phone comment as ignorant as it may be. Its true. ;)

Y do I need to talk to someone who isnt playing the same game as me? And better yet, I really get into SP stories, so y would I want to be interrupted by a little chat session? Dont tell me to pause it, cus then I could just as easily pick up my phone, or text a friend, in that time period.

I mean take the cell phone comment as a joke, I think its funny. Cus really again someone please answer me the reason why chatting with someone outside your game is needed so dearly, that it stirs up these arguments and complaints? And listen again im not against it, so I wont critiscize any answers you give, I just want to know, what im not seeing as important!

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Mysterio Spyder
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 7:34:48 AM

@bigrailer19

I'll explain what I think on some people's response on Cross Chat because of how thier response makes them look. Just keep in mind I'm not trying to insult anybody here, including you bigrailer19 but Im using what you said as an example.

"y would I want to be interrupted by a little chat session?" Ok, who says because Cross Chat is coming that you HAVE to use it? It's an invite like any other invite, either deny it, or ignore it? It's not that hard to understand, some people just seem so idiotic on the situation they ASSUME that when it's here they're forced to use the feature all the time. I enjoy single player games just as much as most of you as I'm not really into online mp gaming that much anymore. If somebody sends an invite and I want to play the game and not chat, I'll deny it, see, simple, that wasn't difficult was it? If you're worried that your friends will spam you constantly with chat invites tell them no, if they keep doing it then they shouldn't be on your list.

I have a hard time understanding why people would bash an extra feature coming to PSN, I see extra features as a plus. It's like the Picture program Sony gave us, to me it's useless because I don't use my PS3 for looking at pictures, but I'm sure there's people who do so good software for them.

I understand there's other ways of having Cross Chat but why would I want to run a seperate device when the PS3 is capable of doing it through the network?

Cross Chat is VERY useful for myself and alot of people I know because say I just wanna shoot the shxt casually with some friends, not all have pc's, some of them might want to be uploading stuff to thier PS3 while I might want to be browsing the PS Store, with Cross Chat that's possible, much more more versitile then stuck in a white room. Cell phones are out of the question, not everybody is on the same network, you're only aloud so many minutes a month, why spend MORE money when you can spend less? We use the PS3 as our main source of chatting, especially for friends and family that are long distance.

Cross Chat isn't NEEDED by a long shot, it's a feature alot of us WANT. It's like you get your 1st car but there's no Stereo in it, somebody says "use your mp3 player with mini speakers" it works, but not good enough right? I'm sure you'll be installing a stereo in that car real fast. It's not needed, but it's what you want.

Like I said no insult intended, I just had to say what I felt on the situation and how some people make themselves out to be when they put idiotic comments.

I apologize for the long rant, I'll end now

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 9:30:36 AM

Hey i understand. And I always said I'd welcome the feature if it came. I'm not bashing it. But for me its useless. It may be convenient and thats great but, theres a line somewhere and im obviously on the other side of it.

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Mysterio Spyder
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 9:47:06 AM

@bigrailer19

I respect your opinion on Cross Chat, you don't really want the feature, but you'll accept it as there's others who do want it. That's fine, I just don't understand people bashing any feature that has no effect on them if they decide not to use it.

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hellish_devil
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 9:54:01 PM
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I don't really care about this.
I'm really happy having free online game, and that's all that I need

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 10:42:34 PM

Seriously

People need to understand what Skype, irc, AIM, and MSN are

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 9:56:02 PM
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Kind of strange to add a worthless feature as part of a premium subscription.

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Kangasfwa
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 10:31:43 PM

It's not worthless to everyone though. Besides, this is one less thing xbots can brag about.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 10:58:39 PM

I should clarify, I mean worthless monetarily. Very few people if anyone will buy a plus account JUST for this gimmick. So if Sony wanted to add it to the free service it would be the one time cost of making the firmware do it.

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spiderboi
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 11:47:57 PM

true. and would be a plus if for PLUS members they'd get like freebies ever so often, e.g. PSN games. Downside of that is, someone who can afford and always spends money at PSN is likely to have already bought the best PSN games.

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Godslim
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 9:05:47 AM

worthless feature no way man its the thing most ps3 gamers have been waiting for

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 1:53:12 PM

PS3 gamers want it more than anything just to shut up the xbots.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 10:30:19 PM
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I guess this might be a good thing for those who really dig this sort of thing.

But for me, if I wanted a lot of yakking going on while I'm busy trying to play & follow the storyline.......I'd just go and re-marry my non-gamer, now-irritating, 1st wife all over again!

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 12:15:50 AM

Preach man preach!

I here ya for sure. Except never been married. But I know what your saying!

I get in games and like to follow stories, so the cross game chat would be useless to me! Same for the MP, if they are not in the same game as me, I cant have them help me out or issue a command (whoa that command comment sounded a little nerdy) to them!

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NeoHumpty
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 10:49:48 PM
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I don't care much for talking to anyone on my list while I'm playing, but I'll be glad to see this for all the other people that have been wanting it.

I am going to take the plunge and get plus. It sounds like it will be worth it, I just really hope they follow up with some good stuff that I can actually use. It's all clear to me now why they are charging $2-$3 for themes.

The full game demos sound like the most exciting thing about it for me, though. Demos can turn you off sometimes to a game that you would normally like if you actually started from the beginning.

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Milonakis
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 11:14:05 PM
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This is pretty cool.

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kraygen
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 11:39:20 PM
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I wouldn't mind cross game chat while playing a side scroller, or, arcade style game, but I definitely don't want to have ppl beeping in while I'm trying to enjoy some intense rpg moment.

I still wonder if they won't just add this feature to the free psn features at some point.

As for the plus as a whole, I really still have questions about how it will all work. I don't want to pay $50 for a bunch of stuff I don't need or want.

For example, exclusive dlc, what if I don't have the game that the dlc is for? Mini's I'm not really into, other psn downloads, do I get to choose or is it whatever they give me? Some downloads I just don't care to have.

I'm not saying no to plus, I'm saying I need more info, if correctly implemented it's a possibility.

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Robochic
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 2:18:01 AM
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Not my thing have no use for it but if they do implement it good job for people who do like it and use it regualary.

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 2:42:01 AM
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Despite many people saying - in this thread - that cross game chat is so different from a phone, it remains that functionally speaking it is just like using a phone.

What I do not get is how anyone participating in a multiplayer game session can juggle the conversation with someone not involved in the game. Nor do I see what it gains me if I am playing an SP campaign. If you want to talk to me, call my phone number, I'll even put you on speaker if you can control your mouth.

I"m just saying because I do not for a moment understand how this feature can be such a hot button for people. It's like saying that you would rather buy a Ford Focus instead of a Porsche because the Ford has Sync.

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Mysterio Spyder
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 9:38:17 AM

@high

From what you put I'm understanding that you don't talk to people when you game? Correct me if I'm wrong, that's just what I understood from "if you want to talk to me call my phone number".

I understand some people can't do anything AND have a conversation at the same time, car accidents caused by being on the phone is proof of that.

There's alot of players out there who play games to waste time, or have fun, not everybody zones into a game, so having a conversation and gaming is quite easy.

The comment "why would I want to have chat invites sent to me while I'm really into a good game?" I'm sorry but that is such a stupid comment. What makes a chat invite any different than any other invite? An invite is an invite no?

The best part of Cross Chat (it really needs a new name) is the fact that when your in it, you automatically have other people not in the chat muted, which is a plus because there's alot of morons out there that make stupid noises or obscene comments through thir mics, very annoying when trying to communicate with a friend on the same team (bc2 has this feature automatically if you're in a squad). Sure I can mute the people but why go through that all the time?

I mainly want it so I can chat with friends and family and not be stuck in the same game or boring white room, it's not for the being in different games feature, it's the doing anything feature and still be able to chat. This is why I said Cross Chat needs a new name.

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Alienange
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 12:28:43 PM

@ TheHighlander - It seems to me like you do not play online very much. When you play games online you tend to get a LOT of friend invites. Accepting them is usually the social thing to do. However, this in no way means we start handing out our cell phone number. To do so would be insanity and more than likely a danger to you and your family.

On top of that, PSN friends are not all from the local neighborhood. Depending on the game you might find yourself with friends all over the world. Long distance charges do apply on cell phones.

I for one, and it seems many others, are sick and tired of typing messages with the DS3 or keypad. So yeah, we want cross game chat and yeah we're excited by the prospect of Sony bringing it to the PS3.

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 2:43:00 PM

When I play online with friends in a game that makes talking to each other useful. I use a headset. But a lot of the time I don't. I do game online - more than you would think. I spent 100's of hours online with Burnout Paradise - for example. I still maintain that *cross-game* chat is not a huge big feature. I did not say that in-game chat was a bad thing, nor that cross game chat was a bad thing. Simply that I see no point to cross game chat.

Don't jump to the conclusions that because I think cross-game chat is pointless (in an age of almost limitless telecommunications), that I don't game online. I do.

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MyWorstNightmar
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 6:33:44 PM

Alienange, that was an excellent explanation. PS. Can you ping me your cell number when you get a sec?

/sarc

edit...i was not being sarcastic that you made an excellent explanation. 8)

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Alienange
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 6:56:55 PM

@ TheHighlander - Never any disrespect my friend. I do understand what you're saying and would agree that anyone harping on cross game chat as the PS3's "huge failing" is just being retarded.

On the other hand, having a cell phone is not a reason for Sony to not give us the equivalent of what is on Live. It's a cool feature and I'd certainly welcome it.

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 7:13:06 PM

@Alienage,

As I said to Mysterio further down.

No worries, this is just a differing of opinions. It happens all the time, it would be awfully boring if we all agreed with eachother and just posted "Me too" or "Agreed" in every reply...

;)

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___________
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 3:07:16 AM
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i cant believe they did not go into details on what will be offered for our 50 bucks.
they mentioned betas, demos and a few other things but are we expected to pay 50 bucks just for those?
count me out!

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 3:37:05 AM

Ah, the unreasoned response to a new product...

They did detail what would be available in the first month, I can't remember it all, but Wipeout HD, Qore, two PS Minis, 1 PS1 classic, avatars and themes and I think there were exclusive demos mentioned. Also that was mentioned as the initial content as if there will be a monthly 'dump' of new content to PlayStation Plus subscribers.

Why don't you wait for the official product information before uttering the immortal words "count me out". There are times when I think we should count you out of everything on account of you always being so darned negative.

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Evil tele
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 8:56:33 AM

you're kinda negative yourself highlander...

quick to jump on someone when they make a mistake... or 'unreasonable response'

aren't we all fighting for the same things?
more features, better games.... at the cheapest price possible

anyway, the subscription would be better if it meant a 'guaranteed' spot in all betas...

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Alienange
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 12:14:23 PM

Ignorance is not a "mistake."

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 2:31:30 PM

Sure it is. People give birth to mistakes on a daily basis.

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 2:41:24 PM

@Evil_tele

Mr Anonymous Cowherd, aka underline is a regular poster here as am I. He is routinely negative about virtually every announcement. So before you decide to come over all defensive of him, and jump on another regular contributor, perhaps you might want to consider that.

@Alienage, in the case of Anonymous Cowherd, I believe that it is willful ignorance. Definitely not a mistake.

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___________
Thursday, June 17, 2010 @ 7:52:06 AM

ah brilliant response.
might as well say the new Ferrari will have a engine, seats, air con and a sunroof.
a little more detail into the features would be nice.
WHAT psn minis?
WHAT ps1 classic?
WHAT psn games?
i dont know about you but i dont throw cash away at something i dont know what im getting.
its like walking into a games shop and paying 50 bucks for a mystery box.
what if the content in the box i already have or dont like?

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fluffer nutter
Thursday, June 17, 2010 @ 12:21:46 PM

I can guarantee that no matter what game you get in your "mystery box" it will be a disappointment to you.

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laxpro2001
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 7:24:19 AM
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I plan on trying Plus for a year... worth a shot IMO

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Evil tele
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 8:50:06 AM
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i understand the need for voice chat.. (b/c i want it..)

but i dont understand the many ps3 users that go out of their way to bash those that want the feature...

why? any new feature added is good... whether u want it or not (especially if it's optional)

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 2:45:03 PM

It's not bashing users that want it. It's calling foul on those that portray the feature as a deal breaker.

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lupus
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 9:43:48 AM
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anyone know if psn plus will be world wide? im asking as i really want psn plus as a hard core gamer but i live in little Denmark who dont get anything?

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 3:23:49 PM

Yes, I think it is, but each region's content will be specific to the region so you will have to wait for the announcement in your region. Check SCEE's website for information, it should be there once they are ready to go.

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Deleted User
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 9:58:03 AM
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The people that would take the time and post a comment on how they don't want cross game chat, or use your cell phone, etc etc are the people for the most part are a PS fanboy. The 360 has it and PS3 doesn't so they will say it is not any good, we don't need it, who cares etc etc. Any new feature added that helps communication etc is a plus. I personally like cross game chat because I can easily hop online, invite a few of my buddies to a chat, and see if they wanna have a game of NHL, Gears, etc etc.

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Evil tele
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 10:16:57 AM

thumbs up for you sir...

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mike rlz
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 11:17:08 AM

lol seriously i think theres a lot of truth to this. "It's called a cell phone or AIM people... hold a controller and phone or sit by the computer and type. is it so hard? gawd!"

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Alienange
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 12:11:47 PM

Cross game chat is a brilliant invention. If Sony is adding it to the PS3 then those who know it's uses will be very happy.

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Mysterio Spyder
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 1:58:00 PM

I'm starting to think that the people on here bashing X Chat either don't have friends to talk to online, don't game online, are a social recluse, or seem to be against it because it's an Xbox feature.

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 3:19:29 PM

So, if you can't counter the argument call people friendless? Gee, that's constructive.

@Pmartin,

As I've said before and will say again. None of that makes the feature anything close to being a deal breaker and yet that is how it is discussed.

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B-RadGfromOV
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 3:22:39 PM

Mysterio, who ever bashed it? I've seen people who just didn't find it necessary, but are there actually people who have that much of a problem with it?

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Mysterio Spyder
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 3:43:51 PM

Highlander

Unless I missed something, Cross Chat is not a "deal breaker". I know that, even though I want Cross Chat, wether it was going to be PSN Plus exclusive or not, it isn't what's going to make me pay for the subscription.

I did counter the argument of Cross Chat being a "useless feature" with my previous posts. I stated why it's not a "useless feature" for some. I also said Cross Chat is NOT NEEDED but it's a nice plus for alot of people that want it.

If I disrespected you Highlander I apologize as non was intended. I'm well aware that you're a regular poster on this site as I usually look for your comments as they're usually knowledgable.

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Mysterio Spyder
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 3:54:53 PM

B-RadGfromOV

Yes, there have been comments made in the past about Cross Chat being "stupid", "worthless", "useless". Not just here but other sites as well. There are people who will find ANY feature somehow "worthless" but to broadcast it like it's worthless for EVERYBODY is ignorant.

Some people even come off as Cross Chat being so bad it's like if it comes then the entire PSN will be a subscription.


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Highlander
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 6:04:04 PM

@Mysterio,

Hey, no worries, I have no arguments against anyone here, it's just a big, sometimes direct, discussion. Which is fine by me.

The comment you made that I was replying specifically to was this one "I'm starting to think that the people on here bashing X Chat either don't have friends to talk to online, don't game online, are a social recluse, or seem to be against it because it's an Xbox feature. "

You weren't calling anyone friendless by name, but two of the four points you made in the comment kinda, sorta indicated that you feel that people who are 'bashing X game chat' are friendless. I know that we frequently use exaggerated terms and phrases in comments here and elsewhere, so I take no offense. I just wanted to be clear what I was replying to.

As for X game chat. I'm not so much bashing it as I am questioning it's importance. Many posters here and eleswhere do talk of the feature in terms that make it sound like a deal breaker to them. I simply do not understand that. It's a nice to have, but it's hardly a feature that my purchasing decision depends on, you know?

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 6:56:45 PM

Mysterio-

The way you feel like people who say they dont need it, like myself. Is how I feel about people who say they need it.

For instance I'm sitting here explaining the very reasons why I think its not something to get worked up over. Because literally people are still complaining that the PS3 doesnt have the said feature. I only bring up reason, because those complaints exist.

Now the people who do want it get defensive, and act like myself and others who dont dwell over the day it arrives, are bashing it. If people want it that badly thats great. If it comes to the PS3 fine by me. It would be an added bonus, and would be a welcomed one. But people still act like Sony has done nothing in the way of adding features because there still is no cross game chat. I mean Sony is releasing firmware to make PS3 3d ready(great I may have started another argument). But people are still complaining about cross game chat.

So I feel like people are getting worked up over, not really a big deal, as Highlander pointed out there are many many ways to communicate, besides using cross chat. And you feel like people are bashing it, and the people who want it so badly! When really all that is being said is, if the feature comes, great. If not, it shouldnt be a deal breaker for people.

EDIT: btw 50% of my gaming is done online, and I still see no must have for cross game chat. As I said If im in a game of MAG I dont need to be talking to another friend outside that game about the game he is playing, or dinner tomorrow, or whatever. I see no relevance in that at all.

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Mysterio Spyder
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 7:35:05 PM

@ Highlander & Bigrailer

I apologize for being defensive on the Cross Chat deal as I was unaware that there are people out there who fuss about it or call it a "deal breaker". I mainly see the majority of people complaining about how "useless" Cross Chat is. I admit, I'm one of many that I know that wants Cross Chat, but myself and everybody I know would hardly call it a deal breaker. I've had conversations with them and we all agreed that if Cross Chat came, and it was ONLY part of the subscription based PSN, but nothing else really offered to us to warrant the price then forget it, we wouldn't pay for it.

My main reason for being defensive on the deal is not because of people who say "if it comes great, but it's not a feature I care about". That's fine, that's your opinion and I respect that. It's comments like "Cross Chat is such a useless feature" To some yes, but not to everybody. There's also the popular "why would I wanna have chat invites sent to me while im in the middle of a good game?" Are you saying that you NEVER get game invites from buddies in a diff game than your in? An invite is an invite, be it chat or game. What makes a Cross Chat invite worse than a game invite?

I don't normally post comments on here as I like reading the articles and other's comments (mainly the regular posters as their comments are usually decent) but the whole negetivity I always read about Cross Chat, a feature that doesn't hurt anybody got to me today and I had to say something. I respect other's opinions, I don't respect ignorent comments.

Again I apologize as I was unaware of people crying over Cross Chat. I want it yes, but I don't NEED it.

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Ultimateps3king
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 1:55:29 PM
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this is good indeed and at least there keeping the online free for thos who dont want all the extra goodies and just want to play :) thx sony.

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RebelJD
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 @ 9:50:28 PM
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I don't like paying for individual stuff for online play but for a subscription I'm willing to pay. Playstation Plus sounds like fun and more revenue for Sony to start making a profit sounds good to me.

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Deleted User
Thursday, June 17, 2010 @ 9:57:46 AM
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Deal breaker? No

An add on that alot of users would enjoy and would like the ease of use? Yes

If you wouldn't like the option then don't use it. Although, my guess is if the PS3 gets cross game chat, the majority of online gamers would use it.

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Deleted User
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 2:31:28 AM
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Sony has a long ways to go to make PSN a good service. aside from using playstation Home to jerk off to a bunch of 13 year old female avatars there is no benefit whatsoever.

Xbox live Gold is still hands down the best gaming service available. Beats the hell out of anything on PC also!

i bought my ps3 and was going to sell my xbox 360 but after using PSN i realized there is no way in hell im selling my 360! I don't even bother chatting to anyone on PSN because I have to type everything out! Can't do cross game chat (Currently), can't have parties with 8 people like xbox live gold, the avatars are awesome, you can send invites to entire parties. You can just select someones name in your friends list and join their game instantly! You can select recent players and invite them to new games without them having to be on your friends list or writing down their PSN id!

I'm not flaming PSn I just really think they have a long ways to go before they start charging people for the service if they want to compete with a machine designed solely for gamers! I love ps3 and 360!

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